We have a very positive attitude to help our residents achieve their goals and independence. As activities co-ordinators we aim to deliver a diverse selection of outcome based activities that are based on the interests, needs and daily living skills of all of our residents. This will help people feel a sense of achievement and pride in taking part in meaningful activity. We are working closely with all of our residents, and as a new team, we will be completing a personal history which will enable us to develop our “This is your life” profile which will demonstrate how we will approach activities and care in a person centred way. The event programme will continue and is currently being reviewed and we would very much appreciate feedback on which events our residents and relatives like the best so that we can focus on the right stuff. Since the beginning of the year, we have commenced a new weekly programme of activity which includes Quiz mornings, baking (badly – King Alfred is alive and well!!), knitting, sewing, bingo, flower arranging, reading and trips out on a rotational basis. Celebrating birthdays, anniversaries and special events are a very important part of our planning and we have themed events throughout the year. In January we held a Burns “day” celebration where residents were able to experience traditional Scottish fare, Robbie Burns poetry and a quiz on Scotland. We also celebrated the Chinese New Year with food and a quiz as well. Between us, we have a wealth of experience in care services and in planning meaningful activities for people. We, both, enjoy making a difference to our resident’s lives and being part of and nurturing the family friendly environment within The Close. Our greatest satisfaction and sense of achievement every day is seeing our residents smile. Andi  I have been care assistant at the close for 2 years and then joined the Activities Team part time in March 2017 as I wanted to have the opportunity to spend quality time with our residents and help them achieve their goals. In September became a full-time member of the Activities team of which it’s been a very rewarding time, keeping our residents focused with meaningful activities. I enjoy making our residents happy and helping them active their daily tasks from shopping trips to baking a mass production of gingerbread at Christmas with our resident’s hard work. Staff performed a pantomime which brought a lot of laughter and fun. Themed events our a very important part of activities, celebrating Birthdays with a gift and card from the Close with Banners on their doors. Families are a very important part of Residents lives and activities we always welcome them to join their loved ones with our Friday trips out, we have a rotational basis to give every resident that wants to go out a chance to visit Garden centres, Coffee shops, Museums, boat trips, shopping and much more. Tina

The Close Care Home, Abingdon Road, Burcot, Oxon, OX14 3DP 01865407343